“What did I do?!!!”

first_img Mrs. Rumple should have called you up to the front of the class and had you to bend over her desk, and paddled your butt in front of the rest of the class like the teacher used to do in my fourth grade class at school, to those who misbehaved……LOL How a can of worms can both literally and figuratively ruin a person’s dayInspirationBy Charles TowneI never could figure out why Mrs. Rumple didn’t like me? Mrs. Rumple was one of my teachers in grade school and she was a grump, but then with a name like Mrs. Rumple what could you expect?Nobody and I mean nobody, could ever accuse me of being a “Teacher’s pet.” Come to think about it I never did have a teacher that would have claimed me as a favorite student.I always felt sorry for Mr. Dundas, our Physical Education Teacher. Kids being kids and all, you can imagine what they did with a name like Dundas!  He showed his dedication to the teaching profession by putting boxing gloves on my best friend, Buster and me, and proceeded to have us beat on each other, but that backfired because we came to the place we actually enjoyed the pain and mayhem that came with boxing.Come to think of it I believe Mr. Dundas had a very broad streak of sadism in his character.Back to Mrs. Rumple…It was in the spring and I had been fishing. Have you ever noticed how a can of worms acquires a somewhat delicate, even piquant aroma when left out in the sun?   I don’t know how Mrs. Rumple figured out who put the can of rotten worms in her desk? I figured she would have forgotten the three garden snakes someone put in her desk drawer a couple of weeks earlier but she somehow put snakes and worms together and came up with me. It is a good thing teachers aren’t allowed to administer capital punishment. One thing I have learned over the years is that Papa God is a lot more forgiving than grade school teachers, don’t you agree?Live fully, Love openly, Love God, and make a difference, today. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adapted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy filled life. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Linda Please enter your comment! Mama Mia Please enter your name here The Anatomy of Fear TAGSInspiration Previous articleRemembering Robert F. Kennedy…Next article5 ways Americans unite to help one another Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Reply charles towne June 13, 2017 at 10:47 am Imagine your teacher with the smarts to put snakes and worms together! How mischievous you were! Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here June 12, 2017 at 2:10 pm She did that quite frequently and seemed to enjoy it, and then, when I got home my dear old papa beat my butt again. I was really a good boy. July 12, 2017 at 4:43 pm 3 COMMENTS Reply last_img read more

Supreme Court weighs women’s access to contraceptives

first_imgOn March 23 in Washington, D.C., the area in front of the Supreme Court was filled with protesters, as attorneys in Zubik v. Burwell presented their arguments to the justices. Many young women students loudly and visibly demanded access to contraceptives as their reproductive right. Opposing them were nuns with huge signs denying those human rights under the sanctimonious guise of “religious liberty.”Zubik v. Burwell’s lead plaintiff is Little Sisters of the Poor, a nonprofit nursing home run by nuns. It is the second case heard by the Supreme Court opposing the requirement that all employer-provided health plans provide birth control at no extra cost under the Affordable Care Act. It’s the fourth case opposing the ACA. Nine separate cases representing nonprofit affiliates of religious organizations — colleges, universities, hospitals and such — heard by nine appeals courts, were combined in this case.In 2014, the first case against the ACA’s contraceptive mandate, brought by family-owned Hobby Lobby, set a precedent when the court ruled 5-4 that closely held private businesses could refuse insurance coverage of contraceptives they viewed as causing abortions (but which don’t do that, according to the medical profession) under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.The Zubik case contends that nonprofit businesses affiliated with religious institutions should receive the same contraception exemption as churches, temples and mosques and not be required to sign an opt-out form stating their religious opposition under the RFRA. They insist that filling out such a form makes them “complicit” in the “sin” of providing birth control — because it allows students and workers, who may or may not observe the religion, to obtain contraception.However, according to the RFRA, all religious beliefs must not “significantly impinge on the interests of third parties.”Who is more ‘burdened’?Both Justice Samuel Alito and Chief Justice John Roberts asked questions exposing their ignorance of how the ACA insurance system works. They suggested that women get separate policies to cover contraceptives. The three women justices and U.S. Solicitor General Donal B. Verrilli Jr., representing the Obama administration, explained that making women get two sets of insurance was illegal and wouldn’t work.Mother Jones summarized: “Verrilli explained that overwhelming evidence shows that even small cost barriers to contraception keep women from using it, which in turn results in more unplanned pregnancies and abortions. Congress wanted women to be able to get contraception seamlessly, from their regular doctors and through their regular health insurance plans.” (March 24)“There has to be an accommodation, and that’s what the government tried to do,” said Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (Nation, March 24)To pose the question of whose rights would be more burdened — hundreds of nonprofit administrators who are allegedly morally offended while filling out forms once a year or thousands of women forced to make continual end-runs to get costly contraceptives? — makes the answer obvious.Deep divisions among justicesThe hearing exposed deep divisions among the justices. Four progressives faced off against four conservatives, including Justice Anthony M. Kennedy who occasionally joins the progressives. He sided with the conservatives in Hobby Lobby, though he wrote a separate concordance strictly limiting the ruling.During the hearing, Kennedy flip-flopped, supporting the nuns’ argument at one point, while articulating the main contradiction at another: “It’s going to be very difficult for this court to write an opinion which says that once you have a church organization” entitled to an exemption, “you have to treat a religious university the same. I just find that very difficult to write.” (New York Times, March 23)As in the Texas case the court heard on March 2 (see March 8 article in Workers World), Kennedy’s vote is critical. However, it is profoundly undemocratic that one justice’s decision would affect thousands of women.Three scenarios are possible. First, if the court vote is deadlocked at 4-4, the rulings of nine appeals courts will stand. Eight voted against the nonprofits, allowing coverage, and one voted to uphold the RFRA claim, so students and workers in seven Midwestern states would not have coverage. But the tie would not set a precedent, so the case could be reopened with nine justices. However, many articles noted, if Kennedy joins the other three conservatives in a tie, that would contradict his Hobby Lobby decision — necessitating another court case.Second, the court could vote to delay resolution of the case until a ninth justice is seated. Third, if Kennedy votes with the progressive justices for a 5-3 decision, students and workers will be able to access contraceptives through their insurance.‘Historical Racism Matters’ in this caseThis case exposes deep divisions rooted in capitalist class society: centuries-old misogyny, racism and anti-poor bias. As Kira Shepherd points out in her must-read essay posted March 25 on Rewire (formerly RH Reality Check), “The Context of Historical Racism Matters in the Birth Control Benefits Case”:“Even as unintended pregnancy rates have declined in recent years, racial and economic disparities have persisted. Moreover, historical racism in the health-care system has contributed to higher rates of maternal mortality among women of color compared to white women, which combined with other poor health outcomes have had an impact on the psychological, economic, and social vitality of these communities. If the plaintiffs in Zubik are successful, it could open up the door for many other nonprofit entities and for-profit businesses to opt out of providing contraceptive insurance coverage on which women of color depend.”Shepherd concludes: “Contraception and counseling can help right some of the wrongs done to women of color in the area of reproductive justice and liberty. The Affordable Care Act contraceptive mandate takes us one step closer to such justice. It would be a grave injustice for the Supreme Court to allow the plaintiffs in the Zubik case — and others who might follow in their wake — to take us one step back.”Kathy Durkin contributed to this article. Davis, a longtime reproductive rights and justice activist, is the author of the pro-choice novel “Love Means ­Second Chances.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

U.S. women plan for international women’s strike

first_imgWomen who took to the streets Jan. 21 in the U.S. and around the world in a massive show of solidarity and resistance against President Trump’s anti-woman agenda have been asking: Where do we go from here?A bold call for women in the U.S. to join a global women’s strike on International Women’s Day, March 8, provided the answer. The call, issued on Feb. 6, was initiated by a diverse group of eight politically active women in the U.S., including Angela Davis and Rasmea Yousef Odeh. It praised the new wave of militant feminist struggle. But they made it crystal clear it cannot be based on so-called “corporate feminism.” It must be inclusive, “feminism for the 99%.” (guardian.co.uk)The statement noted: “[I]t is not enough to oppose Trump and his aggressively misogynistic, homophobic, transphobic and racist policies. … Women’s conditions of life, especially those of women of color and of working, unemployed and migrant women, have steadily deteriorated over the last 30 years.”The call then cited recent struggles for women’s rights around the world: in Poland against the abortion ban, in Latin America against male violence, in Italy for labor rights and in south Korea and Ireland in defense of reproductive rights. “Together, they herald a new international feminist movement with an expanded agenda: at once anti-racist, anti-imperialist, anti-heterosexist and anti-neoliberal.”Urging women in the U.S. to join with feminist groups in at least 30 countries who are already organizing the strike, the statement declared: “The idea is to mobilize women, including trans women, and all who support them in an international day of struggle — a day of striking, marching, blocking roads, bridges, and squares, abstaining from domestic, care and sex work, boycotting, calling out misogynistic politicians and companies, striking in educational institutions.”Organizing in the U.S.Progressive women in the U.S. eagerly responded to the call. Posted on womenstrikeus.org is the strike platform: “In a spirit of solidarity and internationalism, in the United States, March 8 will be a day of action organized by and for women who have been marginalized and silenced by decades of neoliberalism directed toward working women, women of color, Native women, disabled women, immigrant women, Muslim women, lesbian, queer and trans women. … [We are organizing] resistance not just against Trump and his misogynist policies, but also against the conditions that produced Trump, namely the decades-long economic inequality, racial and sexual violence, and imperial wars abroad.”The platform lists six “common principles”: an end to gender violence both domestic and institutional; reproductive justice for all, cis and trans; labor rights, including equal pay that adequately provides for families; full “social provisioning,” including universal health care, adequate Social Security and free education for all; for an anti-racist and anti-imperialist feminism, which supports all struggles against police brutality and mass incarceration; and environmental justice for all that seeks to end profits before people.Though the call was issued only a month before the strike, groups from coast to coast have started meeting and organizing. About 35 groups are already listed on the website, along with the endorsement of the J21 Women’s March on Washington.In New York City students at the New School have been holding planning meetings to shut down the college. More than 100 young activists met in Brooklyn on Feb. 18 and announced a rally at Washington Square Park at 4:00 p.m., with a march at 5:00 p.m. The route will pass various landmarks including the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire site, where 146 mostly young immigrant women died in 1911; Stonewall Inn, where the fight for LGBTQ rights was elevated in 1969; and the offices of Wall Street icon Goldman Sachs. The march will end at Zuccotti Park, the 2011 site of the anti-capitalist Occupy Wall Street encampment.In Baltimore the newly organized Women’s Fightback Network has issued a call under the banner of “Women Unite to Fightback.” They are urging women to call in sick to their jobs, don’t go to school and don’t shop. An inclusive rally will start at 3:00 p.m. at the People’s Park, where speakers will address ending racism, sexism, LGBTQ bigotry, all forms of inequality and injustice and demand workers’ and immigrant rights. Activists will then march to the women’s jail to show support for the incarcerated women and call for an end to the prison-industrial complex. Then they will march to the Douglass Houses, where organizers will discuss their efforts to stop the privatization of public housing.While the International Working Women’s Day Coalition in New York City plans to participate in the March 8 strike, the group will also continue its yearly tradition of holding a street meeting and an organizing roundtable luncheon, scheduled this year for March 11. Uniting many diverse, multinational, multigenerational progressive women’s groups in New York under the banner “Women in Rebellion: To Resist Is Justified,” the IWWD Coalition will gather at noon in the bustling shopping area of Herald Square. Among their targets will be fast food restaurants, where many working women of color are fighting for $15 and a union.After a march down Seventh Avenue past other targets, the activists will gather at a hall at 135 W. 23rd St. for the roundtable luncheon. Speakers from different groups will share their organizing goals, their victories and setbacks, and the lessons they have learned, along with how Trump has ignited their activism. The event is designed to promote the program, which includes demands for union jobs with equal pay; quality, affordable housing; free health care and education for all; the right to reproductive justice, including paid maternity and family medical leave; and an end to racism towards Muslim, Indigenous, Latinx, African American, Arab and Asian women; anti-LGBTQ bigotry; and sexual abuse and violence. Go to Facebook/International Working Women’s Coalition for more information.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Venezuela analysis: The gains of the Bolivarian Revolution

first_imgThe people of Venezuela are currently taking steps to deepen the Bolivarian Revolution, and the U.S. ruling class is now scrambling to prevent this.Democratically elected President Nicolás Maduro has called for a National Constituent Assembly in order to defend the gains of the Bolivarian Revolution against an increasingly violent opposition group led by oil scions like Leopoldo López (goo.gl/fmC8fk) and bankers, such as the two from Citibank who recently attacked the Venezuelan ambassador during his recent trip to New York City (goo.gl/pF9SA3). In response, the U.S. State Department, the White House and Marco Rubio have condemned the National Constituent Assembly as illegal and called for more “democracy.”These claims are preposterous, given that the current Venezuelan Constitution provides for such an assembly in Article 347, and given that Venezuela’s electoral process has been deemed the best in the world by none other than former U.S. president Jimmy Carter, who runs an electoral process monitoring center. It’s also deeply hypocritical for any politician in the U.S. to call for more democracy abroad, when the U.S. ruling class practices voter suppression at home and participates in the assassination of democratically elected leaders around the globe.Meanwhile, the U.S. media, particularly the New York Times but even so-called pro-socialist magazines, have continued a shameful legacy of supporting imperialist war efforts by giving exclusive voice to the right-wing opposition in Venezuela. As it did with Iraq before the 2003 invasion, the New York Times has published numerous articles calling for U.S. intervention in Venezuela, and as with Iraq, its reasons for doing so are built on lies.National Assembly could enshrine grass-roots institutionsThere is much to defend in the Bolivarian Revolution. The misinformation campaigns run by U.S. media, however, have been successful in hiding what the Venezuelan masses have gained. The Bolivarian Missions and the Commune Movement are inspiring examples of endeavors to build socialism, and they are under threat.While riots stemming from the wealthiest neighborhoods of Caracas rage in narrow areas, Afro-Venezuelans, Indigenous communities and other members of the most oppressed in Venezuela look forward to the National Constituent Assembly. There they hope to have the opportunity to enshrine the Bolivarian Revolution’s pro-people, pro-poor endeavors in the Constitution.The Missions were first implemented under President Chávez and are managed by workers and citizens. They provide anti-poverty services, free medical clinics for the poor, food and housing subsidies, and support for educational campaigns and Indigenous rights.The Communes, which were first formed in self-defense against the assault of neoliberalism in the late 1980s, are a network of neighborhood councils, self-defense groups and other grass-roots bodies of self-governance and self-determination that were connected and institutionalized at the national level under President Chávez. The communes allow communities and people to decide what their needs are and how they are met.Enshrining these institutions in the constitution would strengthen them against attacks from a right-wing-dominated National Assembly.Role of the U.S. left and VenezuelaThe sharpening of contradictions in the U.S. have eroded the political center here and propelled some people toward new alternatives further to the left. Unfortunately, this explosive movement toward social democratic groups has not yet removed all the chauvinist, pro-U.S. indoctrination of the past.When organizations spread or accept without question the misinformation spread by the U.S. media, they weaken the growing resistance to U.S. imperialism. This is compounded if they set up some sort of litmus test that any revolution abroad or any government under imperialist attack is almost guaranteed to fail. It is the primary role of the U.S. left to stop U.S. imperialism from intervening against other countries and movements, which must organize under difficult, often brutal conditions propagated by imperialist violence and economic sabotage.Back in 2002, mere months after the Chávez government took the first steps toward socialism by redistributing land to peasants and the urban poor, and started using oil revenue to fund social services, democratically elected President Chávez was captured by a narrow, pro-imperialist sector of the top military as the U.S. media cheered.Only through a heroic mass struggle and with support of other sectors of the Venezuelan armed forces were the Venezuelan people able to reverse the U.S.-backed coup — the first successful struggle to do so in Latin American history. Chavistas have not forgotten this lesson, and it is crucial that the U.S. left not forget it either.Today, amid violence and threat of sanctions and knowing well the risks, the Venezuelan people are taking brave steps toward deepening the gains of the revolution. Only recently, during the dry run for the election of representatives to the National Constituent Assembly, armed biker gangs terrorized a polling station in a pro-government neighborhood, killing one person and injuring three others.In the words of Assata Shakur, “It is our duty to love and support one another.” We support the Venezuelan people in their heroic struggle for socialism.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

DuPont and NexSteppe Team for New Bio Feedstocks

first_img SHARE Facebook Twitter DuPont and NexSteppe Team for New Bio Feedstocks Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Jan 5, 2012 Two companies have teamed up to develop advanced feedstocks for biofuels, biopower and biobased products. The collaboration between DuPont and the bio-based firm NexSteppe will be working on new feedstocks for renewable energy, including sweet sorghum and high biomass sorghum hybrids.Under the agreement, DuPont has made an equity investment in NexSteppe, and through itsPioneer Hi-Bred business, will provide knowledge, resources and advanced technologies to help the company accelerate the breeding and commercialization of new hybrids of these crops in the United States and Brazil. “We’re using science-based innovation and collaboration to develop scalable, sustainable feedstock options for the biobased industries,” said John Bedbrook, vice president for DuPont Agricultural Biotechnology. “Collaborations like this one with NexSteppe will provide new opportunities for growers to address the rising demand for secure, environmentally sustainable and affordable alternatives to fossil fuels.”“Sorghum is a crop with significant genetic diversity and great potential that has received relatively little research attention and funding,” said Anna Rath, NexSteppe founder and CEO. “Combining DuPont’s world-class research and development capabilities with our industry knowledge, experienced team and singular focus, we will be able to rapidly improve the crop to produce feedstocks tailored to the needs of the biofuels, biopower and biobased products industries.”Sorghum has many advantages as a feedstock. It is naturally tolerant to both drought and heat and can grow in marginal rainfall areas with a short growing season and the ability to work in crop rotation systems. Sweet sorghum can be used as a complement to sugarcane in existing Brazilian sugar to ethanol mills, and as a feedstock for advanced biofuels and other biobased products produced from sugars. High Biomass Sorghum is a high-yielding crop that can be used as a feedstock for biopower and cellulosic biofuels. DuPont, through its Industrial Biosciences business, operates and develops industrial processes that use sugar as a feedstock.center_img SHARE Home Energy DuPont and NexSteppe Team for New Bio Feedstocks Source: Domestic Fuel Cindy Zimmerman Next articleAsian Markets Will Benefit Ag in 2012 Gary Truittlast_img read more

Arson attack forces Salta province radio station off the air, one injured

first_img Help by sharing this information to go further News On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia July 6, 2020 Find out more Organisation November 19, 2020 Find out more News ArgentinaAmericas Radio FM Cerrillos, a local station based in San José de los Cerrillos, in the northern province of Salta, has been off the air since 2 a.m. on 24 August, when unidentified attackers stole its 300-watt transmitter and set fire to its studios, located beside the home of its director, Carlos Villanueva.The fire destroyed Villanueva’s garage and part of his house, as well as the radio station. Villanueva’s son Enzo had to be hospitalised with burns and smoke inhalation after trying to put out the blaze. His condition is stable.“We express our solidarity with the Villanueva family and FM Cerrillos’ employees while we await a final estimate of the damages sustained by the radio station,” Reporters Without Borders said. “As well as the station’s reconstruction, we stress the need to neglect no hypothesis in the investigation into the motives and identity of those responsible for the attack.”The press freedom organisation added: “The investigation must not ignore the serious conflict that exists between the radio station and the municipal authorities even we cannot say more about this conflict for the time being. Villanueva and his family must also be given the required protection.”According to the Forum of Argentine Journalism (FOPEA), Villanueva told regional news media he was convinced that the attack was an act of political revenge by San José de los Cerrillos mayor Rubén Corimayo, whom he had accused of mismanagement. Corimayo has meanwhile publicly condemned the attack on FM Cerrillos and has denied any involvement.Villanueva has provisionally estimated the losses at 65,000 pesos (13,000 euros). Around 200 people demonstrated yesterday evening in support of Villanueva.(Photo : El Nuevo Diario de Salta) RSF_en center_img News Latin American media: under control of families, economic and political elites August 26, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Arson attack forces Salta province radio station off the air, one injured News Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world Receive email alerts Follow the news on Argentina ArgentinaAmericas December 4, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

Council criticised over treatment of Hermitage residents

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleHope for Castleconnell floodsNext articleDelay in Limerick schools patronage process ‘unacceptable’ Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Facebook Linkedin Advertisement TAGSCorballyFianna FáillimerickLimerick City and County CouncilMill RoadThe HermitageWillie O’Dea TD Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Email Printcenter_img Willie O’Dea TD with local Fianna Fail representative Christy McInerney at the Hermitage Estate, Mill Road.Willie O’Dea TD with local Fianna Fail representative Christy McInerney at the Hermitage Estate, Mill Road.LIMERICK City and County Council have been accused of treating the residents of The Hermitage in Corbally in an “appalling way by misleading them and failing to address the major problems with the street surface”.Limerick Fianna Fail TD Willie O’Dea, has made repeated representations to the local authority on residents’ behalf to have estate taken in charge. He has also called for the Council to carry out remedial works on the potholed street surface which he claims is “one of the worst road surfaces I have seen in Limerick City”.“In early August, the Council finally confirmed that they had secured funding and that works on the estate would commence within a month. Then last week, after I pressed them on the fact that no contractor had yet commenced the works, they told me they haven’t actually appointed a contractor and that instead of having the works done in September, they could only hope to have the roadworks in the Hermitage completed by the end of the year,” Deputy O’Dea told the Limerick Post.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “This is disgraceful treatment by the Council of the residents of The Hermitage who have waited years for these works to be carried out and are now being messed around again.”Deputy O’Dea insists that the Council need to take a more expedient approach to dealing with this issue as the residents have been more than patient.“There is also the potential for serious accidents to occur unless something is done to deal with the appalling state of the street surface in the Hermitage Estate. The residents are paying their Property Tax, which is supposed to go towards delivering services like adequate road surfaces. How can the Council justify taking property tax off these people and then not provide them with even the most basic of services?” he asked.A council spokesman said they were aware of the issues relating to the road surface in The Heritage and funding had been allocated with work due to begin in the coming weeks.“It has been brought to the council’s attention that separate utility works are scheduled to take place in the locality shortly, so in an effort to minimise the disruption caused to residents, we are hoping the works can be carried out simultaneously.”by Alan [email protected] WhatsApp Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Twitter NewsCouncil criticised over treatment of Hermitage residentsBy Alan Jacques – September 24, 2016 1157 Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

Local teachers to keep expired federal COVID-19 benefits

first_img WhatsApp Local teachers to keep expired federal COVID-19 benefits Twitter TAGS  On the first school day after federal workplace safeguards expired for millions of Americans, the Harmony Public Schools Executive Board voted to independently provide the much-needed benefits to its 4,000-plus employees. The benefits previously were part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), a federal program which provided American workers a number of workplace safeguards related to COVID-19. Primarily, the benefits included up to 10 Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) days if an employee was unable to work due to COVID-19 diagnosis, symptoms, possible exposure, or required quarantine for themselves, a family member, or child care provider, a news release said. Those federal benefits expired Dec. 31, 2020. However, the Harmony Public Schools’ Executive Board voted at an emergency meeting Monday night, Jan. 4, to independently extend the same benefits to employees throughout the remainder of the 2020-21 school year. “The Harmony board felt this action was not only an important thing to do, but the right thing to do for our staff and their families,” Harmony CEO Fatih Ay said in a letter to employees Tuesday. “By offering these benefits, our team members can know that their jobs and livelihoods will not be impacted if they need to seek treatment for COVID-19 or stay home with possible symptoms. Additionally, our student families know that Harmony is doing all it can to take care of the team members who take care of their students, and reduce potential COVID-19 exposure on campus.” Harmony Public Schools is a statewide public charter school system with campuses serving Prek-12 students in 23 cities across the state, including Greater Houston, DFW, San Antonio, Austin, El Paso, Waco, Lubbock, Odessa, Bryan, Beaumont, Laredo, and the Rio Grande Valley. Harmony’s curriculum places a heavy focus on STEM skills, Character Education, project-based learning, and college readiness. The school system has committed to offering both in-person and remote learning options for students throughout the 2020-2021 school year, and is now accepting applications for new students for the 2021-22 school year. Twitter Facebook Previous articleSafe driving competition kicks offNext articlePfluger in secure location amid protests Digital AIM Web Supportcenter_img WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest By Digital AIM Web Support – January 6, 2021 Facebook Local NewsEducationlast_img read more

‘Janardhan Reddy Holds Considerable Influence, Can Tamper With Witnesses’: CBI Opposes Bail Plea Of Mining Baron In SC

first_imgTop Stories’Janardhan Reddy Holds Considerable Influence, Can Tamper With Witnesses’: CBI Opposes Bail Plea Of Mining Baron In SC Sanya Talwar16 Nov 2020 2:36 AMShare This – xThe Central Bureau of Investigation on Monday opposed the bail plea of mining baron accused in illegal mining case(s) Gali Janardhan Reddy.A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan & R. Subhash Reddy directed the CBI to file detailed affidavit in this regard.Senior Advocate Madhavi Divan (ASG) told top court that Janardhan should not be let out on bail and visit district Bellary in Karnataka as…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Central Bureau of Investigation on Monday opposed the bail plea of mining baron accused in illegal mining case(s) Gali Janardhan Reddy.A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan & R. Subhash Reddy directed the CBI to file detailed affidavit in this regard.Senior Advocate Madhavi Divan (ASG) told top court that Janardhan should not be let out on bail and visit district Bellary in Karnataka as he holds considerable influence and might interfere with the investigation.”He has filed multiple petitions, witnesses under police protection have been threatened and vehicles have been set on fire. 47 witnesses are there. We don’t know what will happen if this gentleman is allowed to enter the area,” Divan said.In August, Supreme Court had allowed the former Karnataka minister and mining baron to visit Bellary for two days in order to attend the last rites ceremony of mother of his close associate.”We find no merit. The petition is dismissed”, a bench of Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan had said while rejecting Janardhana Reddy’s plea for modification of the order and grant him permission to stay in Bellary for ten days and also caste vote in the elections.The bench pointed out an order of January when Reddy had made a similar plea and it was rejected.Reddy was made a minister in the BS Yeddyurappa government formed after the Bharatiya Janata Party won the Assembly elections in Karnataka in 2008. Three years later, the Central Bureau of Investigation arrested him on charges of illegal mining. He was again arrested in 2015 and granted bail. As part of his bail conditions, Reddy was directed not to visit Ballari as well as Ananthapur and Kadapa in Andhra Pradesh.He was barred from Ballari as a condition for his release on bail in 2015.Reddy’s firm, the Obulapuram Mining Company, is accused of changing mining lease boundary markings and indulging in illegal mining in the Ballari Reserve Forest area.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Teen boy killed in school bus crash while headed to Christmas musical; no seat belts on board

first_imgjetcityimage/iStock(ARGOS, Ind.) — A teenage boy died after a packed school bus headed to a Christmas musical crashed in Indiana on Wednesday morning, according to state police.There were 38 children and three chaperones on the bus when it collided with a straight truck around 9 a.m., the Indiana State Police said.The bus did not have seat belts, which are not required by law, state police spokesman Ted Bohner told ABC News.The accident was on U.S. 31 near Argos, which is located about 30 miles south of South Bend.A teenage boy in the back of the bus was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.Another student, a 14-year-old, was airlifted to a hospital with injuries believed to be non-life-threatening, police said.The crash unfolded after the bus driver lawfully stopped at a railroad crossing, police said. As she started to accelerate, the bus was hit from behind by a Freightliner straight truck, which was towing a trailer, police said.The other students were taken to Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center in Plymouth to be evaluated and reunited with their families, police said.The group was headed to a Christmas musical in Warsaw, Indiana, according to police.Weather isn’t believed to be a factor, police added.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more